What is Joy?
Joy has built a virtual home for weddings — a website and an app. It allows couples to manage all wedding planning details in one place.
What is admin guest management?
This project involves redesign of an entire module of the admin panel. It is an attempt to build the best guest management system in the entire wedding industry.
UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS
A COUPLE OF INSIGHTS
THE PROBLEM AND FEATURES
From the insights gathered from research, I defined the problem I would be solving with my design. Centering around the problem, I created a feature list with some existing features given by the company and also new features generated by me.
SKETCH 1: OVERCOMPLICATED FIRST DESIGN
I listed all the features on the left side of the whiteboard and sketches for each feature on the right side. This way, I broke the big complicated problems into smaller pieces.
Then I stitched all the designs for all features back together to get the first design. Even though this design solved the problems, but it lost the sense of simplicity and magic.
SKETCH 2: A MORE GUIDED APPROACH
To bring back the simplicity and magic, I decided to go with a step-to-step approach with the guest list design. Got a “yes” for the interaction model, I went on the computer to explore the layout of the design.
WIREFRAME 1: THE TOO “BULKY” SHELL
After bringing the design from sketch to wireframe, I realized the design looked too bulky with the steps taking a lot of unnecessary space. It led me to think about whether building a guest list was actually a linear activity.
WIREFRAME 2: A MORE SIMPLE SHELL
Instead of having steps, I decided to have 3 tabs which let users switch between different modes. I also made all the buttons on the top right which took a lot less space and looked less overwhelming.
FINAL DESIGN: IMPORT GUESTS
FINAL DESIGN: VISUALLY SHOW HOUSEHOLDS
FINAL DESIGN: DYNAMIC COLUMNS
FINAL DESIGN: DIFFERENT VIEWS
FINAL DESIGN: EDITOR FEATURE
The most important feature among admin experience
My vision of the guest management is shipped in 3 stages over the course of 2 years. Some features are kept while some are abandoned based on business needs and engineering tradeoffs. Guest Management became the most important feature of the Joy Admin experience which later on evolved to be “Core”.
One designer now is dedicated to the “Core” experience which also brings Guest Management into the mobile world.
Help the company raise $4.5 millon in seed funding
Joy is the first company to present among the 100+ companies during the YC16 Summer batch.
My guest management vision along with the onboarding experience vision I designed at the time was part of Joy’s final pitch presentation which helped the startup raise $4.5 million in seed fund.